The South Wales HR Forum is governed by a Board of 6 members, bringing together a wide range of experiences and backgrounds and all of whom are passionate about delivering a strong voice for the HR community in South Wales.
Chair of the Board & Founder
Mark started his career in Human Resources as an HR Apprentice at Corus, now Tata Steel, in 2002. Following 8 years ‘learning the trade’ within the HR department at Corus/Tata, Mark progressed his career working in Senior HR positions across the UK and North America in the Steel, Mining and Healthcare industries. Mark joined Doncaster’s Forgings division in 2016 where he currently leads a small team covering the whole spectrum of HR and L&D activities.
Mark established the South Wales HR Forum in October 2015, following a desire to create a closer community in the region that will represent the interests of HR professionals and their employers on a local and national basis.
Mark graduated from the University of Glamorgan in 2005 and is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, a Fellow of the RSA and a Fellow of CEBMa. His particular areas of interest are International HRM, Employment Law, Evidence-Based HR, Organisational Development and Talent Development.
Martyn is the Managing Director of prestigious Cardiff-based recruitment company, Vincent Charles Executive Search, which is Wales’ longest established headhunters firm.
Martyn has 25 years’ experience recruiting in Manufacturing, Professional and Service sectors and he leads local, national and global assignments at Board to operational level roles in all functional areas. Prior to working with Vincent Charles Executive Search, Martyn had a ten-year career in the manufacturing industry, in a variety of positions across the Technical, Project Management and Human Resources functions
Martyn has provided senior-level custom-designed outplacement support on a corporate and personal basis and is also Non-Executive Director at Recruitment Strategy.
Victoria is a Solicitor specialising in Employment Law and is Head of Employment Law and Human Resource Solutions at NewLaw Solicitors, Cardiff.
Victoria was initially a Logistics Officer in the RAF, before qualifying as a solicitor. Her operational management experience coupled with time spent working as an HR professional has allowed her to achieve both MCIPD and MCMI accreditation.
Victoria has a keen passion for driving success through people, working in the field of employment law and HR has allowed Victoria to concentrate on what she loves doing, helping business create the right environment for people to thrive and volunteer that discretionary effort needed to drive sustainable success.
Victoria is an active supporter of local charities and support groups and has a particular interest in promoting equal opportunities and fair play at work.
Paul is a passionate and committed Business Development professional who is very happily engaged in Talent development that unlocks the potential within people to improve their working lives.
As Head of Regional Sales at global people management business, Penna, Paul enables businesses to create platforms for their people to engage with organisational vision and improve work and results. Making work a great place to be is his goal.
Paul’s career in HR consultancy has given him great experiences which will help the South Wales HR Forum and its members.
Paul is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and his background in HR involves working as a Director for a number of Executive Teams in large multi national organisations. Paul developed his core HR skills in the steel industry and the electronics services sector.
Sue is a passionate Learning and Organisation Development professional having held various senior posts in the Further Education sector as well as in FMCG and Blue-Chip organisations.
Sue was the Learning and Organisation Development Manager in Wales’ largest FE College, employing over 1600 staff and managers for over 9 years prior to embarking on her current role of Leadership, Learning and Development Manager at Call Of The Wild, which is a private training firm delivering experiential leadership programmes, based in the Neath Valley.
Whilst in Further Education, Sue established a team of 8 cross college full-time peer coaches which provided demonstrable results with 61% of those mentored through the system improving their formal observed performance by at least one Estyn grade, often two.
Whilst working at Coleg Gwent, Sue led to the college being the first FE institution to achieve the CPD Mark with 100% framework attainment, coming top in the UK out of 1000 other educational establishments.
Sue has an MA in Leadership and Management and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.
Mark is presently Head of Capability and Training for Tata Steel’s UK business, employing circa 12,000 employees. As part of his current role he is leading a capability transformation programme covering competency development, talent and leadership. Since joining the company in 2000, Mark has held various senior positions across the UK businesses and brings a wealth of experience to the forum.
With over 7 years experience operating as an HR Business Partner and 4 years as the lead for UK employment, policy development and ER, Mark genuinely provides depth and breadth of experience across the HR agenda at both a strategic and pragmatic level.
Mark is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and a member of the Industrial Law Society. Mark graduated with an MA in Geography, from the University of St Andrews in 1998 and has a Masters degree in HR Management and more recently a Masters Degree in Employment Law and Practice.